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NASA's plan for an aerial colony above Venus


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HAVOC is NASA's High-Altitude Venus Operational Concept.

Would enable long-term atmospheric habitation and colonization of Venus.

Venus is the closest planet to Earth - with nearly identical size and mass.

Surface temperatures above 400 C and nearly 100x atmospheric pressure.

But 30 miles up, above the acidic clouds, conditions are more tolerable.

Heliem filled airship could unfurl to 3x size of a Boeing 747.

HAVOC spacecraft will deploy helium balloons to float above the inhospitable Venus environment

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Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center.


Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and author.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration